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A 23-year-old female asked:

can germs and chemicals get into deep cuts on my hands? two scratches that have gone deeper?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Any opening in the skin barrier can be invaded by germs or other contaminants. Proper cleaning & sanitizing will avoid most such invaders.

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What does it mean to express milk by hand?

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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Pumping by hand: Hand expressing means pumping milk from a breast without using a pump. The woman takes a warm shower or applies a warm cloth to her breast for a few minutes. Then she massages her breast by encircling her breast with both hands at the chest wall and slowly squeezing the breast in towards the nipple. After a couple of minutes, the breast will start discharging milk and this can caught in a cup.
A 27-year-old member asked:

When will my baby be able to transfer objects between hands?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
4 Months Old: Most infants will transfer objects from hand to hand around 4 months old, however there is some normal variation in development. If you have any concerns with your child's development, you should notify your pediatrician.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Why does my baby chew on his hands?

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Dr. Nanette Nuessle
Specializes in Pediatrics
Exploration: Babies explore their world with their mouths. Also, their hands are the first things they can get to their mouths. The two fit hand in glove to create an important developmental milestone. It can also be a sign of teething, and something infants do to soothe themselves.
A 36-year-old member asked:

How can I cut down on bathroom trips in late pregnancy?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Cut fluids at night: While staying hydrated is important you may need to drink a little less at night. Make sure your healthcare provider is screening for urine infections regularly.
A 39-year-old male asked:

Why is my right thumb numb?

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Dr. Barry Handler
Plastic Surgery 32 years experience
Numb thumb: There too many possibilities to discuss in 400 characters. The nerve pathway goes from your brain through your neck and down your arm to your thumb. The problem could be anywhere along the way. It could be as simple as pressure on the digital nerve from sleeping the wrong way to a brain tumor. If you are concerned i suggest you get it looked at by a physician.

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